Zach MinersIDG News Service

Zach Miners covers social networking, search and general technology news for IDG News Service

Lawyers talk of settlement in Silicon Valley employee-poaching case

In a hearing, both sides cited progress made with a mediator

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AOL sharpens advertising ambitions with its One platform

The One platform offers an enhanced form of automated ad-buying

Bitcoin's backers know they need to win you over

New applications are needed for wider acceptance, investors recently said.

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Swap agreement aims to protect Bitcoin holders from the next crash

A framework for Bitcoin derivatives seeks to guard against price swings

Twitter kills its music app, which never got much play

The app, which let people follow artists and play songs, will be removed from Apple's app store Friday

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Worried about the government? Internet giants also dip their hands in the cookie jar

Internet companies can access your data even as they secure it from intrusion by others

Fitbit sued over rashes experienced by bracelet wearers

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The startup misled consumers in the promotion of its Force device, the suit alleges

EA Games site hacked to steal Apple IDs

The attackers sought credentials and other personal information through a phishing scheme, researchers said

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NASA 'codeathon' challenge seeks apps for coastal flooding

The agency hopes to see a range of applications developed during its upcoming codeathon

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Wickr sees a business in securing other apps

The encrypted messaging startup is selling security tools, including enhanced encryption, to other app makers

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End-to-end encryption needs to be easier for users before Facebook embraces it

Facebook cites third-party services for users seeking end-to-end encryption

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Desktop search spending to fall this year as mobile grows, study finds

Google plays a critical role in the trends, eMarketer said

Video ads come to Facebook

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15-second ads will play automatically in users' feeds.

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Google testing new results layout, but does it make ads less obvious?

Google for many users has changed the way it displays advertiser links

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Yahoo gets help from Yelp to fight Google

Yelp user reviews and business information will appear in Yahoo search results.